Zachow: Complete Organ Music

Zachow: Complete Organ Music
Composer Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow
Artist Simone Stella organ
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 96022
EAN code 5028421960227
Release April 2021

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The industrious Simone Stella has produced critically acclaimed complete sets of keyboard music by Buxtehude, Bohm, Reincken, Walther, Froberger and Pachelbel. Now he ventures further off the beaten track with the complete surviving organ music of Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow (1663-1712), a Leipzig-born musician long known to posterity almost exclusively as the first and formative teacher of the prodigious George Frideric Handel. Over the course of Handel’s teenage years he became a proficient violinist and organist as well as composer, thanks to the efforts of Zachow, whose library included much of the best music then published in Europe.
His own music has remained undeservedly in the shadows, for Zachow can be counted among the most distinguished and original composers of keyboard music in the generation before J.S. Bach. There are three- and four-voice chorale settings and variations, devotional in spirit but full of lively contrasts. More ambitious are the chorale fugues and partitas, which demonstrate considerable ingenuity on Zachow’s part as he embeds the old themes within intricate textures while maintaining a vividly drawn musical line. Most interesting in this respect are the 12 variations on Jesu meine Freude, which inevitable invite and by no means suffer from comparison with Bach’s motet.
Zachow’s music evidently exploits the untempered tuning and the bright timbres of the instruments of his day, which Simone Stella has respected in his choice of a modern Pinchi organ at the Auditorium Varrone (former church of San Giorgio) in Rieti. With only a single rival recording available (at full price), Simone Stella’s new set commends itself to all collectors of Baroque organ music.

Praise for Simone Stella on Brilliant Classics:
‘A release of major importance… Emphatically recommended as indispensable to every collection of organ music.’ Fanfare, September 2018 (Walther, 94730)
‘There is a great deal to admire here. There’s no question that Stella has the proper Buxtehude style…’ Fanfare, July 2012 (Buxtehude, 94312)
‘Performed by Stella with natural flair, especially with respect to clarifying counterpoint.’ Gramophone, June 2019 (Pachelbel, 95623)

- Zachow was born in Leipzig, into a family of musicians. As was customary in these times he learned to play most of the instruments in general use: violin, oboe, dulcian, treble, cornet, harpsichord and organ. At age 21 he was appointed organist of the Liebfrauenkirche in Halle, a prestigious post. Here he settled as a highly respected musician, composer and teacher. Among his students was Georg Friedrich Händel, whose genius he immediately recognized. Händel held his teacher in high esteem and provided for his family after Zachow’s death.
- Zachow’s style is representative of the Central-German keyboard tradition, in which a highly developed counterpoint and a dramatic rhetoric are the key elements.
- This new recording presents the complete organ works by Zachow, including preludes, fugues, Choral-Partitas and Choralvorspiele.
- Played by one of the foremost Italian organists, Simone Stella, whose extensive discography for Brilliant Classics received 5-star reviews in the international press, and which includes the complete keyboard works by Walther, Heinichen, Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Reincken, Froberger and Böhm.

Listening

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Praeludium in C Major, LV.55
  2. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, LV.16
  3. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, LV.24
  4. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, LV.46
  5. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, LV.1
  6. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, LV.1a
  7. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, LV.25
  8. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Praeludium in C Major, LV.53
  9. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Fugue in C Major, LV.54
  10. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: An Wasserflüssen Babylon, LV.2
  11. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Auf meinen lieben Gott, LV.26
  12. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Aus tiefer Not lasst uns zu Gott, LV.27
  13. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Christ lag in Todesbanden, LV.47
  14. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, LV.3
  15. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, LV.17
  16. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Fantasia in D Major, LV.63
  17. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, LV.18
  18. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, LV.28
  19. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, LV.29
  20. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, LV.30
  21. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir, LV.31
  22. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Herr Gott, dich loben wir, LV.4
  23. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott, LV.32
  24. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Capriccio in D Minor, LV.64
  25. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, LV.5
  26. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr, LV.33
  27. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: In dulci jubilo, LV.34
  28. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Jesaja, dem Propheten, das geschah, LV.48: I. Praeludium
  29. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Jesaja, dem Propheten, das geschah, LV.48: II. Fuga I
  30. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Jesaja, dem Propheten, das geschah, LV.48: III. Fuga II
  31. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Jesu, der du meine Seele, LV.6
  32. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod überwand, LV.35
  33. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Gotteszorn wandt, LV.7
  34. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Gotteszorn wandt, LV.19
  35. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Gotteszorn wandt, LV.36
  36. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Praeludium in F Major, LV.57
  37. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Prelude and Fugue in F Major, LV.56

Disk 2

  1. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: I. Choral
  2. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: II. Variation 1
  3. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: III. Variation 2
  4. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: IV. Variation 3
  5. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: V. Variation 4
  6. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: VI. Variation 5
  7. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: VII. Variation 6
  8. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: VIII. Variation 7
  9. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: IX. Variation 8
  10. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: X. Variation 9
  11. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: XI. Variation 10
  12. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: XII. Variation 11
  13. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Jesu, meine Freude”, LV.49: XIII. Variation 12
  14. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, LV.59
  15. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, LV.37
  16. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, LV.20
  17. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, LV.38
  18. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott LV.8
  19. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, LV.9
  20. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, LV.60
  21. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, LV.21
  22. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, LV.10
  23. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, LV.50: I. Versus 1
  24. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, LV.50: II. Versus 2
  25. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, LV.50: III. Versus 3
  26. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Choralpartita “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, LV.50: IV. Versus 4
  27. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Nun lasst uns Gott dem Herren, LV.39
  28. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: O Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut, LV.11
  29. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, LV.40
  30. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Vater unser im Himmelreich, LV.22
  31. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Fugue in G Major, LV.62
  32. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, LV.51: I. Versus I
  33. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, LV.51: II. Versus II
  34. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, LV.42
  35. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, LV.41
  36. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz?, LV.52
  37. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Was mein Gott will, das gescheh allzeit, LV.23
  38. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist, LV.12
  39. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, LV.58
  40. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Wer Gott vertraut und auf ihn baut, LV.13
  41. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, LV.43
  42. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Wir Christenleut habn jetzund Freud, LV.14
  43. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Wir glauben all an einen Gott, LV.15
  44. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Wo Gott, der Herr, nicht bei uns hält, LV.44
  45. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Wo Gott, der Herr, nicht bei uns hält, LV.45
  46. Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Fugue in G Major, LV.61